By Pastor Mark McAdow
Are you encouraged these days?  I shared last Sunday how the Lord had spoken to me through several different people who encouraged me recently.  Maybe it was a note, a Scripture, a prayer offered on my behalf – I’m blessed to have a group of seven men who pray for me on a regular basis – or a word of affirmation or even a small gift.

Some great friends here at Willow View, gave me a small plaque at Christmas that sits prominently on my desk now that simply reads, “Faithful in Serving.  God will not forget your work and the love you have shown him.  You have helped God’s people.” -Hebrews 6:10.  How very kind.  That’s the great desire of my heart – to help God’s people and those who are yet to know him.  In college I adopted the mantra, “To Know Christ and To Make Him Known.”

We all need encouragement from time to time.  I find that encouragement most often comes through Holy Spirit affirmations, God’s precious Word, and through the love and support of God’s people in the Body of Christ.  We need each other.  We were not meant to face this life on our own.  God has promised to never leave us or forsake us, and He always keeps his promises! Even though I may let you down at times, Jesus never will.  Encourage yourself in the Lord, my friends.  He is with you, He is for you, and by the Holy Spirit He can be within you, too!  That guarantees you will never be alone.

I’m encouraged as we begin this new year at “Willow View on Purdue!”  We’re praying for the Holy Spirit’s wisdom and guidance as we step out in faith in 2023.  Remember the promise of Ephesians 3:20-21, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!  Amen.”

Please join us on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. as we seek God’s direction in prayer.  We had a great first gathering last Wednesday as we worshipped, praised God from A-Z, prayed together and heard a powerful testimony from our own Evert Walton.  See you this Sunday!

Yours in Christ’s Love,
Pastor Mark

Join us next Sunday afternoon, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. for our annual “State of The Church” congregational meeting.

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